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141  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / A topic of discussion: Art yarn on: December 13, 2011 07:45:46 AM
What makes a yarn art?
Who decides it is art and no longer craft?

IMHO, Just because it is spun thick and thin does not necessarily make it art.  Art is either created with intent, or is a form of expressing emotion or thought.   But even with that being said, even if I spin something creatively, using non traditional methods (traditional as in: woolen vs worsted, different types of plies)  does that constitute art?  Or is it just a yarn spun creatively? 
I think the term has also become synonomus with poorly spun, and something that would fall apart if you were try to use it traditionally (weaving, knittng, crochet).
I also feel the term is way over used. A quick etsy search for the term brings up this yarn that is a traditionally spun yarn, with a few different colors and some sparkle.  And far to many like it.  Does this really constitute art? 
And also this yarn which is waaaaay closer to art, but can still function as traditional yarn.

So where is the line?  Is there a line?  is it a thick bold line, or is it blurred and skewed? 

Okay, your turn.  Discuss!   Grin

142  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Time to think about the next Sheep to Shawl Challenge! on: December 09, 2011 07:29:35 AM

Okay Ladies (and gents if you're out there.  I know there are male spinners in the world!)  time to think of themes or concepts for our next sheep to shawl challenge!

A few ideas:

Fleece to fashion - Make what ever you please, from what ever you please!
specialty fibers/blends to socks
spin it lace and make something delicate
spin it funky  and make something cool/artful
Should we go color themes?  
Should we stick to one fiber?
Should we all be making the samething?

Rules will be:

~You must dye your fiber. (either before or after spinning or knitting/crocheting/weaving)
~You must spin your fiber.
~You must make something with any yarn craft.(what ever theme is chosen- make something appropriate to your yarn)

Any more ideas/themes/concepts?  What time line would be appropriate?  Was 2 months plenty last time?  or to much?

Voting for theme will start on the 1st of January.  So speak now, or forever hold your peace!  Theme voting will last 7 days, then the challenge will be posted!
143  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday Dec 2, 2011 on: December 02, 2011 07:53:17 AM
Happy Fiber Friday!

This week I was inspired by something Pluckyfluff posted on her facebook page this specifically  I thought I had chenielle, but it was mostly eyelash in the bag, so I opted for eyelash instead.  There were the results:

Miscelaneous singles plied and wrapped with eyelash by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Miscelaneous singles plied and wrapped with eyelash by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

This one will be turned into a toque (aka beanie, for those who aren't canucks) for my daughter!

BFL wrapped in eyelash by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

This one was a painted merino top I attempted to spin fractally. But I must have split the top to heavy to the one side, as I ran out of the short color runs before they got all the way through the long ones. It's still pretty.  

attempt at a fractal spin!  Merino by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Thats what I've been up too, what about you?
144  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber friday, November 18, 2011 on: November 18, 2011 10:12:45 AM
 Grin  Yay for Friday's!  Yay for Fiber!!

Here's the brown with blue nubs from a couple weeks ago, all finished up:

wool, bulky with nubs by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And it's companion:

Wool - bulky by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And a squishy merino single:

DSCF4028 by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And a bamboo corespun:

corespun bamboo by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And a merino 2 ply, sport weight. 8 oz.

Merino handspun 2ply, 8oz by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Okay I think that is it for now.. I do have a fail yarn, and some more dyed stuff drying, but I forgot pics of those.  But I'll be taking pics again later, as it's -18'C out there, and I can only handle so much picture taking at that temp Wink   Tongue
145  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday, November 4, 2011 on: November 04, 2011 11:16:58 AM
Wewt!  What's everyone been up to this week?

all lined up by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

The red and orange are from the sheep I got to help shear!  So fun to beable to take it straight from sheep to yarn!  I might ply them together, or just ply them upon themselves.

Dorset Cross by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Dorset Cross by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

This brown/blue one will be plied with a single of the brown, hopefully by the end of the weekend.

Wool with wool coccoons by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And this is silk I've been working on for months.... I keep getting distracted.

Silk by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And this is some yarn from the sheep I helped shear, as well.  It's for a project for the farmers!  The skein on the left was plied by me, and the skein on the right was plied by my son.

Dorset cross by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Anywhoo, Happy Fiber Friday!

146  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felting Challenge time! EXTENDED! Craft until Dec. 20, 2011! on: November 02, 2011 05:24:05 PM

Okay, Folks!  You voted and our theme is Winter Holiday!  Winter Holidays include but are not limited to: Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah, Yule, etc.

The rules:

  • One (1) entry per person
  • Needle or wet felt something pertaining to our theme
  • post it in the entry board within the the time frame of December 2- 10 20th!  *Extended!*

The prize will be announced soon, I'm just hashing out the details!
The prize!!!!!  Our very own Zombie_Queen is donating 4 oz of undyed alpaca from her beautiful fiber shop Arachne Fiber Arts

Voting will take place from the 10th- 17th!   Dec 20th - 30th

Best luck, and I can't wait to see what beautiful creations you all come up with!
147  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Felting challenge theme vote! on: October 23, 2011 04:11:12 PM
** If you want to suggest a picture for 'Inspired by a picture', Please post it or a link here! ***

Time to vote for a theme for the upcoming Felting Challenge!  What would you like to felt?
Basic details:
Craft time: November 1- December 1
Entry time: December 2- December 8
Vote time: December 9- December 16

Can't wait to see your choice!
148  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday October 21, 2011 on: October 21, 2011 12:15:59 PM
One tiny skein.  That's all I have pictures of because, for some reason, the battery didn't charge on my camera.  I'll share more once the battery charges.
It's much more green in real life.... if my battery doesn't go wonky again, I'll replace it with a better photo.

Here's a better pic of color:

Boggy by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Happy Fibre Friday!  
149  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Victorian Gothic Tiny Book on: October 02, 2011 08:31:37 PM
I think this probably fits here best...

I made this book for Ramona Q in the One tiny Book round 2 Swap.  She had Victorian Gothic on her list of themes and I knew I had everything to pull that off.  It was really fun to make!  I was inspired both by Teesha Moore, and the crazy quilting style of Sharon B at Pin Tangle. 
Front and binding:

All the pages before assembly:

Thanks for looking Cheesy
150  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The purse that took 2 years ;) on: September 26, 2011 10:54:20 AM
I've had this fabric for nearly 2 years.  I bought it specifically to make a purse. But I just recent got the chance took the time to make it!  It's a bit bigger then I wanted it to be (I made the pattern myself, and I still couldn't see just how big it was going to be Roll Eyes )  But it'll still fit everything I need it too.  And I plan on making a matching wallet.  Now just to take that time too!

Just a bag I made by Belladune, on Flickr

just a bag I made by Belladune, on Flickr

Inside of the bag I made by Belladune, on Flickr

Thanks for looking!
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